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GROUNDS 787S AFTER EMERGENCY LANDING
ANA, the launch customer
for the Boeing 787, has grounded its fleet of 17 Dreamliners after an
emergency landing and evacuation in Japan on Tuesday. Japan Airlines
quickly followed suit with its seven aircraft. The ANA drama was
prompted by a battery warning light and what one of the pilots thought
was a funny smell. The aircraft left Yamaguchi Airport in western Japan
for Haneda, near Tokyo, about 8 a.m. local time, but it was on the
ground in Takamatsu 45 minutes later and the 129 passengers and eight
crew were hitting the slides. One report said there was smoke in the
cockpit and another said a pilot smelled something unusual; ANA was said
to be checking whether there was actually any smoke. Nevertheless, the
airline promptly grounded the fleet, adding to the considerable pressure
already on Boeing to defend the safety of its flagship aircraft.
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ROLLS OUT NEW NAVCOMMS
With glass everything the rule rather
than exception, the lowly navcomm hasn't seen much market push lately,
but Garmin changed that this week with a series of new VHF navcomms. The
GTR and GNC series will replace the aging but still popular SL 30 and SL
40 radios, which were developed more than a decade ago by the then
UPSAT. Garmin bought that company and its product line in 2003. Although
the SL series had digital and frequency storage and monitoring features
that buyers liked, the GTR and GNC products offer features not seen thus
far in navcomms. The GNC is the follow-on for the SL 30 navcomm while
the GTR is a comm-only radio, addressing the same market space as the SL
GARMIN'S NEW GNC255A NAVCOMM RADIO
There's still plenty
of demand for traditional navcomm radios. The new Garmin GNC and GTR
line of navcomm radios bring smart features and advanced interfacing.
Larry Anglisano from Aviation Consumer magazine gives a product
tour of the new radio on the test bench at EXXEL Avionics in
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BAN WORRIES THAI OPERATORS
Bizjets are back at the popular
resort area of Phuket, Thailand, after a 16-day ban to accommodate
airline traffic over the holiday period. But even though the ban has
been lifted, operators in the area say private aircraft are the lowest
priority for slots and the difficulty getting into the airport is
driving well-heeled visitors elsewhere. "These private jet flyers have
tight schedules, and if there is so much trouble getting the needed time
slots at Phuket, they'll most likely go somewhere else," Jaiyavat
Navaraj, a spokesman for the Hong Kong-based Asian Business Aviation
Association, told the Bangkok Post. Access to the airport is
determined by the slot coordinator, a committee with reps from the Thai
Civil Aviation Authority, Airports of Bangkok -- and Thai Airways.
MAE TO OFFER FLIGHT STUDENT LOANS
The Student Loan Marketing
Corporation, commonly known as Sallie Mae, is getting back in the
business of offering student loans for flight training. The Flight
School Association of North America announced Tuesday it has been
courting the massive lender for a couple of years and the company
recently agreed to consider offering financing to flight students.
"Flight schools interested in offering their customers Sallie Mae
financing for flight training will be considered based on a variety of
business criteria," the FSANA said in a news release. The news release
also said that part of the pitch to Sallie Mae involved outlining the
FSANA's accreditation standards for members. More...
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TO PILOTS: NO PERSONAL DEVICES
Pilots in Part 121 operations
should not be using personal electronic devices or laptop computers in
the cockpit at any time, the FAA said in a proposed new rule published
on Tuesday. The rule, which complies with legislation passed last year,
was prompted by an incident
in 2009 when two pilots flew 150 miles past their destination while
using their laptops. The rule allows for use of laptops and other
devices only if the purpose is directly related to operation of the
aircraft, or for emergency, safety-related or employment-related
communications. The FAA is accepting comments on its proposal until
March 18. More...
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HELICOPTERS SOLD TO CHINESE FIRM
Enstrom Helicopters, a small
but growing company based in Michigan, has been sold to Chongqing
Helicopter Investment Co. "This is a major step in moving Enstrom to a
new level," said company president Jerry Mullins. "This strong ownership
will allow further growth of our business in Menominee, Michigan, to
meet the demands of the increasing markets around the world, especially
Asia." Enstrom has increased its workforce by 50 percent over the last
18 months, and plans to expand its facilities in Michigan to support
higher production rates. More...
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AGE' OF AVIATION BEGINNING
A spokesman for a major aircraft
leasing company says a new "golden age" of aviation is upon us and will
persist for at least a decade. Dick Forsbergh, head of strategy for
Avolon, an Irish leasing company, told a Manila newspaper that aviation is a
fundamental component of economic expansion and developing economies all
over the world will continue to snap them up. "We are actually entering
a golden age of aviation, for which the past 20 years have been a mere
warm up," Forsbergh said, adding that although aviation seems to gather
a lot of negative press, it consistently outlasts the doomsayers.
"Despite dire predictions the past decade taught the industry leaders
not to be overly concerned about the sustainability of the airline
industry," he said. More...
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Sean McGeough is the new president of
Nextant Aerospace. McGeough was previously head of Hawker Beechcraft's
operations in most of the world outside North America. More...
Odyssey Aerospace Components has hired
John Turner as director of engineering. He was most recently at Weber
James Funk has joined Piper Aircraft as VP
of operations. He came from Bombardier, where he was general manager of
operations for the Lear 85 program.
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